Big Bad Wolf
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View at the top of the route above the 3rd pitch.
Big Bad Wolf
Big Bad Wolf is a 4 pitch sport route 30 ft left of Physical Graffiti. Scramble up the gully that leads to Riding Hood for about 20 ft. The route starts on a flat sloping rock. All bolt hangers are painted brown.
P1 – 5.9, 8 b’s, 70 ft, for the most part is a jug haul on vertical desert varnish, 2 chained anchors.
P2 – 5.8, 8 b’s, 80 ft, Red Rock slab climbing with a thin crux midway, 2 chained anchors.
P3 – 5.8, 8 b’s, 70 ft, the slab soon turns vertical with more large holds to the finish, 2 chained anchors.
P4 - NEW: 5.0, 2 b's w 2 bolt anchor, no rappel rings, 30 ft, mini-pitchette for those wanting to walk off climbers left and safely get to the walk off ledge.
Pitches 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 can be combined with a 60m rope and 17 draws, or combine all 3 pitches with a 70m rope and 26 draws.
Preferred Descent: Walk off climbers left: climb P4 to arrive at the walk-off ledge, being very careful with all of the loose rock on the ledges. Continue south east (climbers left) until you see the gully with the tree in it and descend.
Rappel the route:
- 3 rappels with a single 60m rope.
- 2 raps with 2 60m ropes, or
- a single rap with 2 70m ropes and watch your ropes get stuck on features.
Or scramble right to the standard Phys Graf rappel and gully walk off.
BETA PHOTO: Photo by Dan Young
Big Bad Wolf P1
Lynda G. leading P2
Lynda G. at the hanging P2 belay
Looking up at P3
Starting the 1st pitch.
Wes following pitch 1 of Big Bad Wolf. Dick belayi...
3rd pitch starts with some slap and then moves to ...
Mr. D leading pitch 2.
Super fun route!
BETA PHOTO: Big Bad Wolf, pitch 3
From: las vegas
Oct 23, 2011
Climbed this new route today. Once the second pitch cleans up it will be a very nice climb. The route can be rapelled with one 60. A big thanks to those who put in the time money and effort!!!
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 25, 2011
This was my first multipitch route ever and it was awesome! Thank you for creating!
|By Sue S|
From: Henderson, NV
Oct 30, 2011
Nice climb. :) Glad to see more moderate multi-pitch sport routes being developed in Red Rock. Beware of fragile flakes.
Beta from Dan: 3 pitches, 8 bolts per pitch with chain anchors. Each pitch is roughly 75 ft. All bolts and chains are painted brown. 3 raps with 1 60m rope, 2 raps with 2 60m ropes, 1 rap with 2 70m ropes. Or walk off climbers left or descend climbers right using the Phys Graf rap and gully route. It is possible to combine pitches 1 & 2 or pitches 2 & 3 with a 60m rope. The long pitch would require 17 draws. It is possible to combine all pitches with a 70m rope and would require 26 draws. Start is 30 ft left of Physical Graffiti just up the hill side. Start at a sloping flat rock.
|By J. Thompson|
From: denver, co
Oct 30, 2011
This route will likely get harder as holds break off.
|By Lynda Gallia|
From: Las Vegas
Oct 31, 2011
Very well protected route.. fantastic to have more sport multi pitches in the moderate category... I did not break any holds but be aware especially on the first pitch. Rappel with one 60M to each belay station. Second pitch is a hanging belay... The route should be rated 5.9
From: Las Vegas, nv
Nov 9, 2011
Pretty good route with a variety of climbing; jugs, crimps, slab. It may get a little harder as hold break off but the holds that are suspect are in areas with an abundance of holds so it shouldn't change the route much.
Will be a great place to teach multipitch skills (much better than Mans Best Friend).
|By Joe Cayer|
From: Mesa, Az
Nov 21, 2011
Very fun climbing! Well bolted and there's a little something for everyone!
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 26, 2011
Very nice addition to Red Rocks & especially nice to have it right next to Physical Graffiti. Thanks for putting this up. We really enjoyed it. It was my friend Rich's first multi-pitch. This is a great route for a first multi-pitch.
|By Killing In The Name Of|
Nov 27, 2011
I've heard this is officially the busiest route in RR for the season. Having done the route, I can see why. Close to the road, mellow approach, right beside a well-known classic, bolted closely enough for the choss factor not to be a big issue.
Having climbed it, I think that the above qualities and its relative uniqueness in the area make it worthwhile jaunt. I enjoyed the second pitch much more than the others, but think that the number of bolts is the major attraction here; the next step after Man's Best Friend, for many indoor hydroponic tomatoes/gym "climbers".
I think Dan put up a pretty decent route that is a sign of the times. It avoids natural features and protection, ledges, and goes for the steep rock and cleanest rappel. I enjoyed my sunny day amongst the tourists (who were all cool and left no trash), but can't help thinking that someone without Dan's mileage and experience might try to clone this "experience" on another cliff and really botch it up. Looking forward to the next one, though, brother. Well done.
|By Jason Neve|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 3, 2012
Thanks to everyone who put this up. Climbed it today and had a blast, really fun route. One of my first leads after a nasty fall and this route was perfect to get the head back in the game. Still a little loose stuff but nothing bad.
|By John Hegyes|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 18, 2012
Great route, thanks for putting it up. I wouldn't have bothered spraypainting the hangers. I'd rather see a line of shiny bolts than a bunch of paint on the rock.
From: Mesa AZ
Feb 5, 2012
Great climb! Starts with great vert'ical right off the deck with great bolting to support you on some rather unique moves. The slab is thin but the sandstone is so adhesive so its great! Great views, great rock!
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 17, 2012
An absolute gem of a route, Dan- my compliments!
Strong leaders can do this with fewer draws than there are bolts- it's easy to backclean and skip bolts and still have it feel safe. We did it in two pitches with 10 draws and it was casual.
Super fun, thanks for the newer bolted anchor, it makes the setup for the walk off casual. Definitely don't rappel this thing, it'll eat you ropes alive. The walk off is relaxed and a nice end to the day.
|By Jay Holland|
From: Henderson, NV
Mar 26, 2012
Great climb. First and third pitches were better than the second. Not a fan of the hanging belay, could have been a few feet higher of lower and been more comfotable. But if it was a perfect route more people would be there. This is a great one to bring the out of towners to when they arrive in the afternoon and want to get a quick red rock climb in! Be careful rapping down slowly so we dont' abuse the areas that are fragile.
From: Sandpoint, ID
Apr 5, 2012
Excellent climb! The first pitch is a solid 5.9, good holds but challenging in all the right places. The upper two pitches are easier like the 5.8 rating says, but still give you a thrill a few times! On the rappel we were able to reach the side gully from the seconds belay chains... saved the extra rope switcheroo.
|By Vince Neil|
Apr 30, 2012
There was a line up for this route while physical grafitti was free and clear....nice job Dan. We rapped off with no stuck-rope issues but had to pay very close attention not to knock any choss off...so if waiting to climb this route it's a good idea to get out of the line of fire as it is still shedding significant amounts of loose rock.
|By Dan Mathews|
May 4, 2012
We did this early Sunday morning before it warmed up or anyone was there. It is a lot of fun and extremely well protected. The first pitch seemed easier than several of the .9's we did later in the day in the Black Corridor. We did 3 single rope (60m) raps and didn't have any issues with snags or breaking off holds.
I could do a climb like this over and over again. Thanks to whomever put it up!
|By Jared R|
Sep 23, 2012
We climbed this Yesterday, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. It was a great route. We combined the first 2 pitches with a 60M and 17-18 draws. The first pitch was steep and fun. The third pitch slab was my favorite and was very enjoyable. Great route! We rapped the route with a 60M rope in 3 rappels. Much better and easier than the walk off descent.
Nov 16, 2012
a little more slabby in the middle of the route than I expected. Great for new leaders the bolts are comfortably spaced and the anchors are pretty comfy. Do physical graphiti to the right of this route(Trad)it was allot of fun.
Dec 8, 2012
Definitely steep on the first pitch. Next two pitches are pretty easy. You can rap from the P2 anchors to the gully just left of the beginning of the route with a 70m rope no problem.
|By Clint Walker ATX|
Apr 8, 2013
CAUTION: DANGEROUS ROCK FALL CONDITIONS
My wife and I climbed this on 4/4/13 and had a large rock (100+lbs) slide off at us.
I was anchored into P3 belaying my wife's top out on P4. She had just anchored into P4 when the chossy ledge to the left of P4's route decided to let a couple of the large slabs of rocks slide. The large slabs began to slide down directly at me on the P3 anchors, luckily very slowly. I was able to halt the large piece by pressing my hands and knee down on it but doing so broke it into two pieces. The larger of the two slid off to my left and fell/bounced down striking the angled boulder near the start of Big Bad Wolf and Physical Graffiti - there's a pretty good scar on the boulder now. The smaller of the two piece (45 lbs) ended up in my lap resting on my slings and knee. I checked below for others, yelled rock and tossed the remaining piece off to get it off me. A few other pieces came loose and slid half way down the slope as well. I was able to move many back up to the ledge but a few remain in precarious places.
I'm not sure if this is the proper place to put this but if you're gonna climb this area please be aware of this situation, wear a helmet and watch out for rock fall.
It might be a good idea for some intrepid party to climb this thing early in the morning and kick as much of the loose trundle down as possible.
|By Crotch Robbins|
May 7, 2013
First off, this is a super fun route and I had a blast on it. Pitches 1, 2 and 3 are type 1 to the max.
There is a non-trivial amount of loose rock just above the P3 anchors in a cave-like formation below the P4 anchors. When climbing P4, the bolt out right keeps the rope and climber away from the looseness, but if you rap from the P4 anchors, the rope pull will put everyone below in jeopardy. I recommend walking off if you must do the 4th pitch. Do not rap from the final anchor. If you want to rap, skip the last pitch.
I'd suggest moving the P4 anchors up to the top of the formation to a location where nobody would consider rapping from them. As it is, rapping and then pulling ropes from the 4th pitch anchor is an accident waiting to happen.